So How Was Living on a Cruise Ship for Forty Days? AMAZING!


We’ve written before how taking cruise ships between destinations sometimes makes financial sense for us as digital nomads.

But when Brent and I boarded a forty-day cruise in Barcelona way back in October, we weren’t entirely sure how we’d feel when we got off the boat a month and a half later in San Diego.

We needn’t have worried. It was AWESOME.

The downsides? A small-ish cabin (which we got for financial reasons; we’re not really on vacation, after all). And most of the other passengers were old and conservative (with some delightful exceptions, including another gay couple).

But the pluses were plenty. We saw a variety of amazing places (including Kotor, Montenegro, the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos, and we even discovered the Leaning Tower of Pisa wasn’t the kitschy tourist trap we expected).


We also read a ton of books while sitting in deckchairs staring at the blue waters of the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific oceans, caught up on a lot of movies we’d missed (boo, Ant-Man and Wasp, bravo, Mama Mia II, sorta), and swam on beautiful beaches in the Bahamas and Mexico.

Our forty day trip from Europe all the way back to Seattle for the holidays!

Our forty day trip from Europe all the way back to Seattle for the holidays!

We also both got a ton of writing done — in part because we didn’t buy the pricey internet package. In the end, that turned out to be something of a revelation for both Brent and me: we both realized how much we procrastinate by surfing when we have internet connections.

Being on a ship that long, it helped that we’ve spent the past year living as digital nomads, much of the time in co-living. That means we’re used to living in small quarters, sharing public spaces, meeting lots of different people, and keeping personal possessions to the minimum.

Cruise ships as transportation aren’t for everyone. They’re not even for all digital nomads!

But it’s a great option for us. Including this trip, we spent a grand total of two months on cruise ships in 2018. And we’ll be doing at least that again next year!